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Stengel Field Named For Famous Manager

August 18, 2005|By Mark Gero

Located just west of the Glendale Community College campus is a park. It's a typical park like any other. A place to take your kids, to walk around or simply a place to relax.

The park has a complete baseball diamond, with seats like a minor league ball field. The field is well groomed and ready for play.

Local Little League, Babe Ruth and other youth organizations often use this field for their games. The field is named after one of the most colorful characters in Major League Baseball - Casey Stengel.

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While it is likely that a majority of these young players wouldn't know who Stengel was, their fathers and grandfathers would. He was one of the kookiest and cagiest men who ever played and managed in the Big Leagues.

Stengel was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1890, in Kansas City, Mo. He was christened Charles Dillon Stengel, but his first name, Casey, came about as an abbreviation of his home town, "KC".

Stengel started out as a dentist, but his brother Grant, who was a better baseball

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